Friday night’s game between the Iowa Cubs (8-7) and New Orleans Zephyrs (5-11) looked to be a pitcher’s duel on paper. That is exactly what the 5,246 fans on hand at Principal Park witnessed as New Orleans starter Bryan Flynn outdueled Iowa starter Tsuyoshi Wada as the Zephyrs took a 1-0 victory over the Cubs.
Flynn was impressive all night, keeping Iowa hitters off balance. Flynn gave up a hit to Iowa shortstop Chris Valaika with two out in the first inning. That would be the only hit Flynn would give up all night. Flynn would walk Josh Vitters after the Valaika single and then proceed to retire the next 19 Iowa batters in a row.
Flynn (1-1) pitched seven innings, giving up one hit and one walk while striking out seven to earn the victory for New Orleans. Former Iowa Cubs pitcher Henry Rodriguez pitched the last two innings for the Zephyrs to pick up his first save of the season.
Wada, coming off PCL pitcher of the week honors, was equally impressive. Zephyrs third baseman Josh Rodriguez led off the game with a long home run to left. Rodriguez’ third home run of the season would prove to be the only run scored on the evening. Wada gave up hits to the first two batters of the game and didn’t give up another hit until the seventh inning.
Wada (2-1) pitched eight innings, giving up one run on three hits and a walk, while striking out five. Wada has pitched 21.1innings in 2014, giving up only two runs (both solo home runs) for an ERA of 0.84 in three starts.
Iowa begins a four-game series with the Round Rock Express, triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, on Saturday night at Principal Park.